How to Write a Cover Letter in 2024 + Examples

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After weeks of heavy job search, you’re almost there!

You’ve perfected your resume. 

You’ve short-listed the coolest jobs you want to apply for.

You’ve even had a friend train you for every single interview question out there.

But then, before you can send your application and call it a day, you remember that the job ad requires a cover letter.

Now you’re stuck wondering how to write a cover letter ...

Don’t panic! We’ve got you covered. Writing a cover letter is a lot simpler than you might think. 

In this guide, we’re going to teach you how to write a cover letter that gets you the job you deserve.

  • What’s a cover letter & why it’s important for your job search
  • How to write a convincing cover letter that gets you the job (step-by-step!)
  • How to perfect your cover letter with the Novoresume free checklist
  • What excellent cover letter examples look like

New to cover letter writing? Give our resumes 101 video a watch before diving into the article!

So, let’s get started with the basics!

What is a Cover Letter? (and Why It’s Important)

A cover letter is a one-page document that you submit as part of your job application (alongside your CV or Resume). 

Its purpose is to introduce you and briefly summarize your professional background. On average, your cover letter should be from 250 to 400 words long .

A good cover letter can spark the HR manager’s interest and get them to read your resume. 

A bad cover letter, on the other hand, might mean that your application is going directly to the paper shredder. So, to make sure this doesn’t happen, it’s essential to know how to write a convincing cover letter.

How does a good cover letter look, you might ask. Well, here’s an example:

how to write cover letter

Keep in mind, though, that a cover letter is a supplement to your resume, not a replacement. Meaning, you don’t just repeat whatever is mentioned in your resume.

If you’re writing a cover letter for the first time, writing all this might seem pretty tough. After all, you’re probably not a professional writer.

The thing is, though, you don’t need to be creative, or even any good at writing. All you have to do is follow a tried-and-tested format:

  • Header - Input contact information
  • Greeting the hiring manager
  • Opening paragraph - Grab the reader’s attention with 2-3 of your top achievements
  • Second paragraph - Explain why you’re the perfect candidate for the job
  • Third paragraph - Explain why you’re a good match for the company
  • Formal closing

Or, here’s what this looks like in practice:

structure of a cover letter

How to Write the Perfect Cover Letter (And Get Hired!)

Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, we’re going to guide you through the process of writing a cover letter step by step. 

Step #1 - Pick the Right Cover Letter Template

A good cover letter is all about leaving the right first impression.

So, what’s a better way to leave a good impression than a well-formatted, visual template?

cover letter templates

You can simply pick one of our hand-picked cover letter templates , and you’ll be all set in a jiffy!

As a bonus, our AI will even give you suggestions on how to improve your cover letter on the go.

Step #2 - Start the Cover Letter with a Header

As with a resume, it’s important to start your cover letter with a Contact Information section:

contact information on a cover letter

Here, you want to include all essential information, including:

  • Phone Number
  • Name of the hiring manager / their professional title
  • Name of the company you’re applying to

In certain cases, you might also consider adding:

  • Social Media Profiles - Any type of profile that’s relevant to your field. Social Profiles on websites like LinkedIn, GitHub (for developers), Medium (for writers), etc.
  • Personal Website - If you have a personal website that somehow adds value to your application, you can mention it. Let’s say you’re a professional writer. In that case, you’d want to link to your blog.

And here’s what you shouldn’t mention in your header:

  • Your Full Address 
  • Unprofessional Email - Make sure your email is presentable. It’s pretty hard for a hiring manager to take you seriously if your email address is “[email protected].” Whenever applying for jobs, stick to the “[first name] + [last name] @ email” format.

matching resume and cover letter

Step #3 - Greet the Hiring Manager

Once you’ve properly listed your contact information, you need to start writing the cover letter contents.

The first thing to do here is to address the cover letter to the hiring manager .

That’s right, the hiring manager! Not the overly popular “Dear Sir or Madam.” You want to show your future boss that you did your research and are really passionate about working with their team.

No one wants to hire a job seeker who just spams 20+ companies and hopes to get hired in any of them.

So, how do you find out who’s the hiring manager? There are several ways to do this. 

The simplest option is to look up the head of the relevant department on LinkedIn. Let’s say you’re applying for the position of a Communication Specialist at Novoresume. The hiring manager is probably Head of Communications or Chief Communications Office.

So, you do a quick lookup on LinkedIn:

linkedin search cco

And voila! You have your hiring manager.

Or let’s say you’re applying for the position of a server. In that case, you’d be looking for the “restaurant manager.”

If this doesn’t work, you can also check out the “Team” page on the company website; there’s a good chance you’ll at least find the right person there.

Here are several other greetings you could use:

  • Dear [Department] Hiring Manager
  • Dear Hiring Manager
  • To whom it may concern
  • Dear [Department] Team

Step #4 - Write an Attention-Grabbing Introduction

First impressions matter, especially when it comes to your job search.

Recruiters get hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of applications. Chances are, they’re not going to be reading every single cover letter end-to-end.

So, it’s essential to catch their attention from the very first paragraph .

The #1 problem we see with most cover letter opening paragraphs is that they’re usually extremely generic. Most of them look something like this..

  • Hey, my name is Jonathan and I’d like to work as a Sales Manager at XYZ Inc. I’ve worked as a sales manager at MadeUpCompany Inc. for 5+ years, so I believe that I’d be a good fit for the position.

See the issue here? This opening paragraph doesn’t say pretty much anything except the fact that you’ve worked the job before.

Do you know who else has similar work experience? All the other applicants you’re competing with.

Instead, you want to start off with 2-3 of your top achievements to really grab the reader’s attention. Preferably, the achievements should be as relevant as possible to the position.

So now, let’s make our previous example shine:

My name’s Michael and I’d like to help XYZ Inc. hit and exceed their sales goals as a Sales Manager. I’ve worked with Company X, a fin-tech company, for 3+ years. As a Sales Representative, I generated an average of $30,000+ in sales per month (beating the KPIs by around 40%). I believe that my previous industry experience, as well as excellence in sales, makes me the right candidate for the job.

See the difference between the two examples? If you were the hiring manager, which sales manager would you hire, Jonathan or Michael?

Now that we’ve covered the introduction, let’s talk about the body of your cover letter. This part is split into two paragraphs: the first is for explaining why you’re the perfect person for the job, and the latter is for proving that you’re a good fit for the company.

So, let’s get started...

Step #5 - Explain why you’re the perfect person for the job

This is where you show off your professional skills and convince the HR manager that you’re a better fit for the job than all the other applicants.

But first things first - before you even write anything, you need to learn what the most important requirements for the role are. So, open up the job ad and identify which of the responsibilities are the most critical.

For the sake of the example, let’s say you’re applying for the position of a Facebook Advertiser. You scan the job ad and see that the top requirements are:

  • Experience managing a Facebook ad budget of $10,000+ / month
  • Some skills in advertising on other platforms (Google Search + Twitter)
  • Excellent copywriting skills

Now, in this section, you need to discuss how you fulfill these requirements. So, here’s how that would look for our example:

In my previous role as a Facebook Marketing Expert at XYZ Inc. I handled customer acquisition through ads, managing a monthly Facebook ad budget of $20,000+ . As the sole digital marketer at the company, I managed the ad creation & management process end-to-end. Meaning, I created the ad copy , images, picked the targeting, ran optimization trials, and so on.

Other than Facebook advertising, I’ve also delved into other online PPC channels, including:

  • Google Search

Are you a student applying for your first internship? You probably don’t have a lot of work experience to show off in this section. Learn how to write an internship cover letter here.

Step #6 - Explain why you’re a good fit for the company

Once you’ve written the last paragraph, you might be thinking - I’m a shoo-in for the job! What else do I need to write? I’ll just wrap up the cover letter and hit that sweet SEND button.

Well, no. You’re not quite there yet.

The HR manager doesn’t only look at whether you’ll be good at the job or not. They’re looking for someone that’s also a good fit for the company culture.

After all, employees that don’t fit in are bound to quit, sooner or later. This ends up costing the company a ton of money, up to 50% of the employee’s annual salary . 

Meaning, you also need to convince the HR manager that you’re really passionate about working with them.

How do you do this? Well, as a start, you want to do some research about the company. You want to know things like:

  • What’s the company’s business model?
  • What’s the company product or service? Have you used it?
  • What’s the culture like? Will someone micro-manage your work, or will you have autonomy on how you get things done?

So, get to Googling. Chances are, you’ll find all the information you need either on the company website or somewhere around the web.

Then, you need to figure out what you like about the company and turn that into text.

Let’s say, for example, you’re passionate about their product and you like the culture of innovation / independent work in the organization.

You’d write something like:

I’ve personally used the XYZ Smartphone, and I believe that it’s the most innovative tech I’ve used in years. The features such as Made-Up-Feature #1 and Made-Up-Feature #2 were real game changers for the device. 

I really admire how Company XYZ thrives for excellence for all its product lines, creating market-leading tech. As someone that thrives in a self-driven environment, I truly believe that I and Company XYZ will be a great match.

What you don’t want to do here is be super generic for the sake of having something to write. Most job seekers tend to mess this one up. Let’s take a look at a very common example we tend to see (way too often):

I’d love to work for Company XYZ because of its culture of innovation. I believe that since I’m super creative, I’d be a good fit for the company. The company values of integrity and transparency really vibe with me.

See what’s wrong here? The example doesn’t really say anything about the company. “Culture of Innovation” is something most companies claim to have. 

The same goes for “values of integrity and transparency” - the writer just googled what the values for the organization are, and said that they like them.

Any hiring manager that reads this will see through the fluff.

So, make sure to do a lot of research and come up with good reasons why you're applying.

Step #7 - Wrap up with a call to action

Finally, it’s time to finish up your cover letter and write the conclusion.

In the final paragraph, you want to:

  • Wrap up any points you couldn't in the previous paragraphs. Do you have anything left to say? Any other information that could help the hiring manager make their decision? Mention it here.
  • Thank the hiring manager for their time. It never hurts to be courteous, as long as you don’t come off as too needy.
  • Finish the cover letter with a call to action. The very last sentence in your cover letter should be a call to action. You should ask the hiring manager to take some sort of action.

And now, let’s turn this into a practical example:

So to wrap it all up, thanks for looking into my application. I hope I can help Company X make the most out of their Facebook marketing initiatives. I'd love to further discuss how my previous success at XYZ Inc. can help you achieve your facebook marketing goals.

Step #8 - Use the right formal closing

Once you’re done with the final paragraph, all you have to do is write down a formal “goodbye” and you’re good to go.

Feel free to use one of the most popular conclusions to a cover letter:

  • Best Regards,
  • Kind Regards,

And we’re finally done! Before sending off the cover letter, make sure to proofread it with software like Grammarly, or maybe even get a friend to review it for you.

Does your cover letter heading include all essential information?

  • Professional email
  • Relevant Social Media Profiles

Do you address the right person? I.e. hiring manager in the company / your future direct supervisor

Does your introductory paragraph grab the reader's attention?

  • Did you mention 2-3 of your top achievements?
  • Did you use numbers and facts to back up your experience?

Do you successfully convey that you’re the right pro for the job?

  • Did you identify the core requirements?
  • Did you successfully convey how your experiences help you fit the requirements perfectly?

Do you convince the hiring manager that you’re passionate about the company you’re applying to?

  • Did you identify the top 3 things that you like about the company?
  • Did you avoid generic reasons for explaining your interest in the company?

Did you finalize the conclusion with a call to action?

Did you use the right formal closure for the cover letter?

5+ Cover Letter Examples

Need some inspiration? Read on to learn about some of the best cover letter examples we’ve seen (for different fields).

College Student Cover Letter Example

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Middle Management Cover Letter Example

Middle Management Cover Letter

Career Change Cover Letter Example

Career Change Cover Letter

Management Cover Letter Example

Management Cover Letter Example

Senior Executive Cover Letter Example

Senior Executive Cover Letter Example

Want to discover more examples AND learn what makes them stand out? Check out our guide to cover letter examples .

Next Steps in Your Job Search - Creating a Killer Resume

Your cover letter is only as good as your resume. If either one is weak, your entire application is for naught. 

After all, a cover letter is just an introduction. Imagine going through all this effort to leave an amazing first impression, but flopping at the end because of a mediocre resume.

...But don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered on that end, too.

If you want to learn more about Resumes & CVs, we have a dedicated FREE guide for that. Check out our complete guide on how to make a resume , as well as how to write a CV - our experts will teach you everything you need to know in order to land your dream job.

Or, if you’re already an expert, just pick one of our resume templates and get started.

resume examples for cover letter

Key Takeaways

Now that we’ve walked you through all the steps of writing a cover letter, let’s summarize everything we’ve learned:

  • A cover letter is a 250 - 400 word document that convinces the hiring manager of your competence
  • A cover letter goes in your job application alongside your resume
  • Your introduction to the cover letter should grab the hiring manager’s attention and keep it all the way until the conclusion
  • There are 2 main topics you need to include in your cover letter: why you’re the perfect candidate for the job & why you’re passionate about working in the company you’re applying to
  • Most of the content of your cover letter should be factual , without any fluff or generalizations

At Novorésumé, we’re committed to helping you get the job you deserve, every step of the way! Follow our blog to stay up to date with the industry-leading advice. Or, check out some of our top guides…

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How and Why to Write a Great Cover Letter

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A cover letter is a one-page business letter that you submit when applying to a job, along with your resume. As a piece of persuasive writing, your cover letter will aim to convey to the employer why you’re a great candidate for the role.

What is the purpose of a cover letter?

Your cover letter complements your resume by making it easy for the employer to see how your experience and interest connect to the position. Your goal is to convince the employer to interview you.

With your cover letter, you’ll aim to:

  • Highlight your qualifications:  You’ll show how your skills and experience relate to the employer’s needs for a specific position.
  • Showcase your motivation: You’ll demonstrate your enthusiasm for the specific position and the organization.
  • Reflect your voice and written communication skills: You’ll give the employer a sense of your personality and writing style.

When should I write a cover letter?

Not all jobs require cover letters. So, how do you decide whether to submit one?

Submit a Cover Letter when…

  • The posting explicitly requests that you do so
  • You’re applying to an opportunity at a mission-driven organization
  • You think that doing so could provide important information to the employer that they wouldn’t get from your resume

Consider Submitting a Cover Letter when…

  • It’s marked “optional” in an application, and you have the bandwidth to do so
  • You have content that you can easily recycle or repurpose into a tailored cover letter

No Need to Submit a Cover Letter when…

  • A posting specifically tells you not to submit one
  • There’s no way to submit one in an application portal, and doing so would require a serious workaround

If you’re applying to several similar opportunities, creating a draft cover letter in advance, geared toward that type of opportunity, can be a helpful way to save time in your actual application process.

How do I write a cover letter?

Your cover letter should articulate your qualifications and motivation for the position. Read the job description closely and research the organization. As you craft your cover letter, use examples that demonstrate your relevant skills, knowledge, and interests. The cover letter should be concise, clear, and well-organized.

Before Writing

Research the employer.

Learn enough about the organization to articulate why you are a strong fit for that firm. 

  • Review the firm’s website and LinkedIn page.
  • Speak with current or previous employees.
  • Read articles and social media for current news.

Analyze the job description

Look for skills, duties, and qualifications of the job so you can design your letter to match these as much as possible.

Reflect on your experience and motivation

Identify skills and personal qualities you have developed which will be useful in this role. Ask yourself:

  • What attracts you about this role/company/industry?
  • What have you have done in your work experiences, classes, internships, activities, projects, volunteer work, travel, etc., that is similar to the duties required of the job? 

Cover Letter Structure

As a business letter, the cover letter should include:

  • Heading: Include your name and contact information in the same format as your resume
  • Salutation: Address your letter to the specific individual who can hire you, if this is known. If the name is not included in the job description, address the letter to the Hiring Manager or title mentioned in the job description.
  • Body Paragraphs:  Discuss your experiences, interests, and skills to show the employer how you can add value to their team. See the section below for more guidance.
  • Signature Line: Include a closing and your name.

The cover letter should be one page, about three or four paragraphs, and single spaced. Use 10-12 point font and one inch margins. 

When applying online, upload your cover letter as a PDF file, unless another format is specified. When sending your resume and cover letter by email, you may write a short note or paste your cover letter in the body of your email (without the address header) and also attach the PDF file.

Cover Letter Content

Your cover letter should answer who, what, when, where and why you are applying for the opportunity. 


State the position for which you are applying. If you have a referral or spoke with someone from the company, you can mention it in the introduction. Provide some basic information about yourself; this can include your class year and what you’re studying at Columbia. Briefly outline why you’re interested in the organization and what you bring in terms of relevant experience and skills. 

Body Paragraphs

These paragraphs will highlight your qualifications and strengths that are most relevant to the organization and position. Use the job posting and your research as clues to determine what the employer is seeking in a candidate. Have your resume beside you and reflect on what you want the employer to know about you. Are there experiences you want to expand upon that demonstrate your understanding of the role and ability to do the job requirements?

Structure the paragraphs based on relevance, not chronology. Lead with your most relevant skill or strongest experience.

Start each body paragraph with a clear topic sentence.  This can highlight a key skill set, a transferable experience, or a core area of knowledge you’ve built through your studies. Walk the reader through a project or experience, integrating the relevant skills you used and qualities you demonstrated. Provide details about your accomplishments and impact. Connect how these experiences have prepared you for this role and why you are motivated to do this job. There is no need to apologize if you feel you lack experience; focus on the accomplishments that you have.

Recap what you would bring to the organization and your interest in the position. Thank the employer for their consideration. Keep your tone positive and enthusiastic. 

Check out our example of how to structure your cover letter content . 

Editing Tips

Use our  Cover Letter Checklist to make sure your format and content is in line with best practices. 

  • Ensure that the content reflects the requirements in the job description
  • Keep the cover letter concise, at one page or less
  • Correct any errors in grammar, sentence structure, and spelling
  • Use the active voice
  • Avoid beginning too many sentences with “I”

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How to write a cover letter.

A cover letter introduces you to an employer and asks them to think about your application. 

It’s a short letter, usually 3 to 5 paragraphs long.

When to include a cover letter

You should always include a cover letter when you apply for a job using a CV. 

You can write it as an email if you’re applying online or print a copy to go with a paper application.

When writing a cover letter, let the employer know you’re keen by showing that you’ve researched the company. Learn more about what they do through:

  • their website
  • recent news articles
  • talking to people you know who work there

Send it to the right person

It's important to try to address your cover letter to someone by name. Check you have the details of the person you need to send it to. 

You'll need their name and preferred title. For example, ‘Dr’, ‘Mr’, ‘Mrs’, ‘Ms’, and their job title. You should also make sure you have the right company name and address, including postcode.

If you do not know their name

If the job advert does not include a name you can check the company website. Try to find details of the head of the department, head of human resources or a recruitment manager.

If you still cannot find a name, you can start your letter with ‘Dear Sir or Madam’.


Introduce yourself and explain how you found the advertised job. You can mention the job title, and reference number if there is one. 

If you’re asking about any job openings and not applying to a vacancy, tell them what sort of job you’re looking for. Let the employer see how keen you are to work for them.

Show you're right for the job

Highlight the skills and experience you have that match what the employer is looking for. 

Convince them that you're enthusiastic about working for them. Let them know you share their work values, culture and style.

Give extra information

If you have gaps in your employment history, you could talk about the skills you gained while you were out of work.

If you’ve mentioned on your CV that you have a disability, you might want to talk more about this in your cover letter. Organisations like Disability UK can give you advice on how to do this. You do not have to mention your disability at this stage if you prefer not to.

You can get more help with specialist advice on finding work if you have a disability.

Ending your cover letter

Thank the employer for considering your application. Let them know that they can get more details from your CV, and tell them you're looking forward to hearing from them.

Let them know how they can best contact you. Make sure your contact details are correct on both your cover letter and CV.

Yours sincerely or yours faithfully

If you know the name of the person you’re writing to, you should end the letter with ‘Yours sincerely’.

If you’ve addressed the letter ‘Dear Sir or Madam’, you should end the letter with ‘Yours faithfully’.

Tips for writing a cover letter

When writing your cover letter, remember to:

  • write a new one for every job you apply for and make sure it’s tailored to the company and the specific role
  • use the same font and size as you do for your CV, so it looks consistent
  • make sure the company name and recruiter’s details are correct
  • use the right language and tone: keep it professional and match the keywords used by the employer in their job advert
  • show you’ve done your research into the job and the company
  • highlight your most relevant skills and experience to stand out from other applicants
  • back up any statements you make with facts and use the STAR method
  • double check spelling and grammar before you send it
  • keep a copy of your cover letter as they may ask you about it in an interview

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How to Write a Cover Letter That Will Get You a Job

I ’ve read thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of cover letters in my career. If you’re thinking that sounds like really boring reading, you’re right. What I can tell you from enduring that experience is that most cover letters are terrible — and not only that, but squandered opportunities. When a cover letter is done well, it can significantly increase your chances of getting an interview, but the vast majority fail that test.

So let’s talk about how to do cover letters right.

First, understand the point of a cover letter.

The whole idea of a cover letter is that it can help the employer see you as more than just your résumé. Managers generally aren’t hiring based solely on your work history; your experience is crucial, yes, but they’re also looking for someone who will be easy to work with, shows good judgment, communicates well, possesses strong critical thinking skills and a drive to get things done, complements their current team, and all the other things you yourself probably want from your co-workers. It’s tough to learn much about those things from job history alone, and that’s where your cover letter comes in.

Because of that …

Whatever you do, don’t just summarize your résumé.

The No. 1 mistake people make with cover letters is that they simply use them to summarize their résumé. This makes no sense — hiring managers don’t need a summary of your résumé! It’s on the very next page! They’re about to see it as soon as they scroll down. And if you think about it, your entire application is only a few pages (in most cases, a one- or two-page résumé and a one-page cover letter) — why would you squander one of those pages by repeating the content of the others? And yet, probably 95 percent of the cover letters I see don’t add anything new beyond the résumé itself (and that’s a conservative estimate).

Instead, your cover letter should go beyond your work history to talk about things that make you especially well-suited for the job. For example, if you’re applying for an assistant job that requires being highly organized and you neurotically track your household finances in a detailed, color-coded spreadsheet, most hiring managers would love to know that because it says something about the kind of attention to detail you’d bring to the job. That’s not something you could put on your résumé, but it can go in your cover letter.

Or maybe your last boss told you that you were the most accurate data processor she’d ever seen, or came to rely on you as her go-to person whenever a lightning-fast rewrite was needed. Maybe your co-workers called you “the client whisperer” because of your skill in calming upset clients. Maybe you’re regularly sought out by more senior staff to help problem-solve, or you find immense satisfaction in bringing order to chaos. Those sorts of details illustrate what you bring to the job in a different way than your résumé does, and they belong in your cover letter.

If you’re still stumped, pretend you’re writing an email to a friend about why you’d be great at the job. You probably wouldn’t do that by stiffly reciting your work history, right? You’d talk about what you’re good at and how you’d approach the work. That’s what you want here.

You don’t need a creative opening line.

If you think you need to open the letter with something creative or catchy, I am here to tell you that you don’t. Just be simple and straightforward:

• “I’m writing to apply for your X position.”

• “I’d love to be considered for your X position.”

• “I’m interested in your X position because …”

• “I’m excited to apply for your X position.”

That’s it! Straightforward is fine — better, even, if the alternative is sounding like an aggressive salesperson.

Show, don’t tell.

A lot of cover letters assert that the person who wrote it would excel at the job or announce that the applicant is a skillful engineer or a great communicator or all sorts of other subjective superlatives. That’s wasted space — the hiring manager has no reason to believe it, and so many candidates claim those things about themselves that most managers ignore that sort of self-assessment entirely. So instead of simply declaring that you’re great at X (whatever X is), your letter should demonstrate that. And the way you do that is by describing accomplishments and experiences that illustrate it.

Here’s a concrete example taken from one extraordinarily effective cover-letter makeover that I saw. The candidate had originally written, “I offer exceptional attention to detail, highly developed communication skills, and a talent for managing complex projects with a demonstrated ability to prioritize and multitask.” That’s pretty boring and not especially convincing, right? (This is also exactly how most people’s cover letters read.)

In her revised version, she wrote this instead:

“In addition to being flexible and responsive, I’m also a fanatic for details — particularly when it comes to presentation. One of my recent projects involved coordinating a 200-page grant proposal: I proofed and edited the narratives provided by the division head, formatted spreadsheets, and generally made sure that every line was letter-perfect and that the entire finished product conformed to the specific guidelines of the RFP. (The result? A five-year, $1.5 million grant award.) I believe in applying this same level of attention to detail to tasks as visible as prepping the materials for a top-level meeting and as mundane as making sure the copier never runs out of paper.”

That second version is so much more compelling and interesting — and makes me believe that she really is great with details.

If there’s anything unusual or confusing about your candidacy, address it in the letter.

Your cover letter is your chance to provide context for things that otherwise might seem confusing or less than ideal to a hiring manager. For example, if you’re overqualified for the position but are excited about it anyway, or if you’re a bit underqualified but have reason to think you could excel at the job, address that up front. Or if your background is in a different field but you’re actively working to move into this one, say so, talk about why, and explain how your experience will translate. Or if you’re applying for a job across the country from where you live because you’re hoping to relocate to be closer to your family, let them know that.

If you don’t provide that kind of context, it’s too easy for a hiring manager to decide you’re the wrong fit or applying to everything you see or don’t understand the job description and put you in the “no” pile. A cover letter gives you a chance to say, “No, wait — here’s why this could be a good match.”

Keep the tone warm and conversational.

While there are some industries that prize formal-sounding cover letters — like law — in most fields, yours will stand out if it’s warm and conversational. Aim for the tone you’d use if you were writing to a co-worker whom you liked a lot but didn’t know especially well. It’s okay to show some personality or even use humor; as long as you don’t go overboard, your letter will be stronger for it.

Don’t use a form letter.

You don’t need to write every cover letter completely from scratch, but if you’re not customizing it to each job, you’re doing it wrong. Form letters tend to read like form letters, and they waste the chance to speak to the specifics of what this employer is looking for and what it will take to thrive in this particular job.

If you’re applying for a lot of similar jobs, of course you’ll end up reusing language from one letter to the next. But you shouldn’t have a single cover letter that you wrote once and then use every time you apply; whatever you send should sound like you wrote it with the nuances of this one job in mind.

A good litmus test is this: Could you imagine other applicants for this job sending in the same letter? If so, that’s a sign that you haven’t made it individualized enough to you and are probably leaning too heavily on reciting your work history.

No, you don’t need to hunt down the hiring manager’s name.

If you read much job-search advice, at some point you’ll come across the idea that you need to do Woodward and Bernstein–level research to hunt down the hiring manager’s name in order to open your letter with “Dear Matilda Jones.” You don’t need to do this; no reasonable hiring manager will care. If the name is easily available, by all means, feel free to use it, but otherwise “Dear Hiring Manager” is absolutely fine. Take the hour you just freed up and do something more enjoyable with it.

Keep it under one page.

If your cover letters are longer than a page, you’re writing too much, and you risk annoying hiring managers who are likely sifting through hundreds of applications and don’t have time to read lengthy tomes. On the other hand, if you only write one paragraph, it’s unlikely that you’re making a compelling case for yourself as a candidate — not impossible, but unlikely. For most people, something close to a page is about right.

Don’t agonize over the small details.

What matters most about your cover letter is its content. You should of course ensure that it’s well-written and thoroughly proofread, but many job seekers agonize over elements of the letter that really don’t matter. I get tons of  questions from job seekers  about whether they should attach their cover letter or put it in the body of the email (answer: No one cares, but attaching it makes it easier to share and will preserve your formatting), or what to name the file (again, no one really cares as long as it’s reasonably professional, but when people are dealing with hundreds of files named “resume,” it’s courteous to name it with your full name).

Approaching your cover letter like this can make a huge difference in your job search. It can be the thing that moves your application from the “maybe” pile (or even the “no” pile) to the “yes” pile. Of course, writing cover letters like this will take more time than sending out the same templated letter summarizing your résumé — but 10 personalized, compelling cover letters are likely to get you more  interview invitations  than 50 generic ones will.

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50 Sample Phrases and 3 Examples of Office Administrator Cover Letters

By Editorial Team on March 12, 2024 — 14 minutes to read

Crafting a strong cover letter is a critical step in the job application process. As an office administrator, your cover letter showcases your organizational skills, attention to detail, and your ability to communicate effectively. Whether you’re applying to a small business or a large corporation, your cover letter should be personalized to reflect the unique requirements of the role and to highlight your relevant experience.

Understanding the Role of an Office Administrator

  • When you step into the role of an office administrator, you’re taking on a pivotal position in the business environment. Your duties include managing office procedures, ensuring a smooth operational flow, and providing support to other team members. Efficiency and organization are your key tools, allowing every department to focus on their tasks with fewer disruptions.
  • Your daily tasks could range from scheduling meetings, handling correspondence, to managing databases and filing systems. It’s important for you to have a keen eye for detail when updating records or creating reports, because accuracy supports informed decision-making within the company.
  • Imagine you’re the point of contact for both internal and external stakeholders. Your communication skills must be top-notch, allowing you to convey information clearly and professionally. Whether you’re answering the phone, replying to emails, or welcoming visitors, your approach should be friendly and helpful, setting the tone for positive interactions.
  • In smaller companies, you might wear many hats, handling basic accounting tasks like invoicing, as well as overseeing inventory and ordering office supplies. You’ll find that your adaptability is tested often, requiring you to switch gears seamlessly between varied tasks.
  • Staying up-to-date with office technology and software is not just useful, it’s important. You’ll likely be using a variety of tools for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. Your ability to quickly learn and efficiently use these tools is what makes you an asset to the team.

Crafting a Personalized Greeting

When you’re writing a cover letter for an office administrator position, starting with a personalized greeting sets a friendly and professional tone right from the start. Rather than going with the generic “To Whom It May Concern,” taking the extra step to find out the name of the hiring manager or the person in charge can make a significant impact. If the job posting doesn’t include this information, a quick phone call to the company or a scan of their official website might yield the results you need.

Personalizing your greeting helps you to connect with the person who will be reading your letter. It shows you’ve put in the effort to address them directly, which can help your cover letter stand out. Make sure your cover letter reflects the culture of the company you’re applying to; a more creative industry might appreciate a less formal greeting, while traditional corporate environments often expect a formal approach.

Highlighting Relevant Experience and Skills

When applying for an office administrator position, your cover letter should clearly demonstrate your relevant experience and skills. This section gives you a rundown on how to showcase your administrative expertise and how to highlight your communication abilities effectively.

Demonstrating Communication Abilities

Your ability to communicate effectively is key to managing an office environment. You should emphasize your interpersonal and written communication skills by using phrases such as:

  • Drafted and edited company newsletters that reached 200+ employees.
  • Liaised between departments to facilitate project deadlines.
  • Delivered presentations to staff and stakeholders that clarified complex processes.
  • Negotiated with vendors to procure cost-effective office solutions.
  • Responded to a high volume of daily emails with professional and timely correspondences.
  • Authored comprehensive training manuals for new office software.
  • Mediated staff disputes, ensuring a harmonious workplace environment.
  • Conducted weekly team meetings to disseminate information and gather feedback.
  • Composed detailed reports for executive review.
  • Cultivated positive relationships with clients, enhancing company reputation.

Showcasing Administrative Expertise

Your administrative expertise is the bedrock of your value as an office administrator. You’ll want to detail your experience with specific examples that signal your competency.

  • Managed a team of five office personnel, ensuring efficient task allocation and workflow.
  • Implemented a new scheduling system that reduced missed appointments by 20%.
  • Oversaw office supply inventory, reducing costs by negotiating with suppliers.
  • Maintained confidential records with zero breaches over a two-year period.
  • Streamlined office filing system, improving document retrieval times.
  • Processed payroll for a staff of thirty, ensuring 100% accuracy.
  • Coordinated logistics for corporate events and meetings.
  • Administered company-wide communications through intranet updates and email blasts.
  • Handled customer inquiries and complaints, achieving a 95% satisfaction rate.
  • Assisted with onboarding new employees, from orientation to training.

Showcasing Transferable Skills for Someone With No Direct Experience

To highlight your administrative skills in a cover letter without prior experience, focus on transferable skills such as time management, problem-solving, and customer service that you’ve developed in other roles or volunteer work.

  • 1. “During my time as a [previous role], I honed my time management skills by balancing multiple priorities, which I am confident will serve me well in an administrative capacity.”
  • 2. “My experience as a [volunteer position] required me to solve problems quickly and efficiently, a skill I look forward to applying in an office administration role.”
  • 3. “While working in [industry/field], I developed strong customer service skills that I believe are essential for ensuring smooth office operations and client satisfaction.”
  • 4. “I have consistently demonstrated my ability to organize and coordinate events and projects, skills that are directly applicable to the responsibilities of an office administrator.”
  • 5. “Through my academic projects, I have cultivated excellent written and verbal communication abilities, which are vital for managing the day-to-day administrative tasks effectively.”
  • 6. “As a team leader in [group/organization], I learned to facilitate collaboration and support among team members, which is crucial for maintaining an efficient administrative environment.”
  • 7. “My proficiency with various software programs, including [specific programs], was developed through [specific experience], preparing me to manage administrative tasks with ease.”
  • 8. “In my previous role as a [role], I was praised for my attention to detail—a skill that ensures accuracy and quality in administrative work.”
  • 9. “Having been responsible for maintaining records and documentation in my [previous experience], I am well-equipped to handle similar administrative responsibilities.”
  • 10. “My ability to adapt to new challenges was tested and proven during my time as a [role], making me well-suited for the dynamic nature of office administration.”

Explaining Your Passion for the Position

When expressing your passion for the role of an Office Administrator in a cover letter, it’s important to genuinely reflect your enthusiasm for the work involved. Emphasize your organizational skills and your ability to manage office operations efficiently, which often goes unnoticed yet remains at the heart of a well-functioning office.

Discussing your previous experiences, highlight tasks or projects that you particularly enjoyed. Maybe you thrive on creating streamlined filing systems, or you take pride in coordinating successful meetings and events. Your passion could stem from a satisfaction in ensuring that everything is organized and that colleagues have what they need to succeed.

You should also tie your passion to the potential contribution to the company’s success. Perhaps you’re excited by the thought of bringing your innovative ideas to the team, or you’re keen on using your proactive problem-solving skills to tackle challenges that an office environment faces.

  • I thrive when organizing complex projects.
  • Streamlining processes excites me.
  • Managing a dynamic office environment is rewarding.
  • Ensuring smooth operations is what I love to do.
  • I’m delighted by the impact of an efficient workspace.
  • Coordinating events brings me joy.
  • I’m passionate about supporting team success.
  • I find satisfaction in perfecting office systems.
  • Creating a positive office culture is very fulfilling for me.
  • I am energized by the pace of office work.
  • Mastering new office technology motivates me.
  • I love fostering an environment where everyone can excel.
  • I get a thrill from staying on top of everything.
  • I enjoy the challenge of meeting tight deadlines.
  • My passion is in facilitating smooth communication.
  • I am excited about developing and implementing new processes.
  • Providing administrative support has always been a highlight of my career.
  • Enhancing office productivity is something I take pride in.
  • I am eager to contribute to a team-oriented workplace.
  • Solving the day-to-day puzzles of office management makes every day enjoyable for me.

Proactive Closing Statements

In your cover letter’s closing statements, you demonstrate enthusiasm for the position and proactively indicate your plans for follow-up. This can set you apart from other candidates by showing your initiative and keen interest in the role.

To craft a persuasive closing section:

  • Express your gratitude for the opportunity to apply and for the reader’s consideration.
  • State your eagerness to discuss how your skills and experience align with the company’s needs.
  • Mention that you will follow up within a specific time frame, usually a week or two, confirming your proactive approach.
  • Reiterate your value proposition by summarizing how you can contribute to the team.
  • Politely invite the hiring manager to reach out to you for further discussion.
  • Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the possibility of discussing this exciting opportunity with you.
  • I’m excited about the prospect of bringing my expertise in office administration to your esteemed company and am keen to explore how I can make a substantial impact.
  • I intend to follow up with you by [date] to ensure you received my application and to discuss how I can contribute to your team’s success.
  • Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am readily available for an interview at your earliest convenience.
  • I am eager to offer more insight into how my skill set aligns with the goals of your company during a personal interview.
  • Please find my contact information at the top of this letter, and feel free to reach out at a time that suits you best.
  • I’m very interested to learn more about this role and share how my background in office coordination can support your team’s objectives.
  • Anticipating the opportunity to further discuss my candidacy, I will reach out next week to confirm you’ve received my application and to inquire about potential next steps.
  • I’m looking forward to the opportunity to speak with you in more detail about how I can contribute to the ongoing success of your office.
  • My enthusiasm for the role is matched by my commitment to excellence, and I hope to demonstrate this in a future conversation with you.

Examples of Office Administrator Cover Letters

In this chapter, we will explore three tailored examples of cover letters for office administrator positions that cater to different career stages: someone with no direct experience, the career changer bringing a wealth of transferable skills, and the seasoned professional with a track record of administrative excellence.

Example of Office Administrator Cover Letter: No Experience

Introduction : Express your enthusiasm for the role and mention the job listing. Highlight your strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Body : Discuss your educational background, such as a degree in business administration. Even without direct experience, leverage any volunteer work or internships that demonstrate your ability to manage tasks and assist in an office environment.

Closing : Show eagerness to learn and contribute to the team, and request an interview to discuss how you can support the company’s needs.

Dear [Employer’s Name],

I am writing to express my strong interest in the Office Administrator position listed on [where you found the job posting]. With a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a proven commitment to excellence, I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to [Company Name] as an integral part of your administrative team.

During my academic career, I honed my organizational and analytical skills, which I believe are fundamental to the role of an office administrator. Although I am new to the workforce, my time as a volunteer coordinator for [Volunteer Organization] allowed me to develop a solid foundation in managing schedules, coordinating events, and maintaining meticulous records.

I am eager to apply my knowledge and enthusiasm to a dynamic workplace like [Company Name]. I am confident that my proactive approach and ability to quickly adapt to new challenges will make me a valuable asset to your team. I am particularly impressed by [something specific about the company or its culture], and I am enthusiastic about the prospect of contributing to such a forward-thinking environment.

I would be grateful for the opportunity to discuss how my education and experiences align with the needs of your company. Please find my resume attached for your consideration. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to the possibility of discussing this exciting opportunity with you.

Warm regards,

[Your Name]

Example of Office Administrator Cover Letter: Career Changer

Introduction : Acknowledge your transition and your keen interest in contributing to administrative success. Emphasize transferable skills like project management or customer service from your previous career.

Body : Tell the story of why you’re changing paths and how your previous experiences have equipped you with a unique perspective and diverse skills relevant to an office administrator’s role.

Closing : Mention your excitement about bringing a fresh viewpoint to the team and a desire to discuss how your background can translate into success for the organization.

As a seasoned professional seeking to bring my extensive background in [previous industry] to the administrative field, I am excited to apply for the Office Administrator position at [Company Name]. My career thus far has been driven by a passion for efficiency and exceptional service, qualities I am eager to apply in a new context.

My previous role as a [Previous Job Title] involved significant project management, team coordination, and customer relations—skills that are directly transferable to the responsibilities of an office administrator. The decision to shift my career path stems from a desire to focus on the organizational aspects of business operations, which I have always excelled at and enjoyed.

In my previous position, I successfully [mention a relevant achievement or project], demonstrating my ability to adapt and thrive in various situations. I am confident that this experience, combined with my dedication to fostering a collaborative and productive work environment, will allow me to make a meaningful contribution to [Company Name].

I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to bring my unique skills and fresh perspective to your esteemed team. I would welcome the chance to further discuss how my career journey and the skills I have acquired along the way can benefit [Company Name]. Please find my resume attached for your review.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the possibility of contributing to [Company Name] and to the chance to discuss my application in more detail.

Example of Office Administrator Cover Letter: Experienced Professional

Introduction : Briefly present your current role, years of experience, and interest in the new opportunity. Your familiarity with the responsibilities of an office administrator should be clear.

Body : Give specific examples of achievements in past roles, like improving office systems or successfully leading an administrative team. Quantify these accomplishments when possible.

Closing : Assert your readiness to bring your proven track record to a new environment and how it aligns with the company’s goals, asking for the chance to discuss further in an interview.

With over [number of years] years of experience as an Office Administrator, I am excited about the opportunity to apply for the position at [Company Name]. My background has provided me with the multifaceted skill set and hands-on understanding necessary to affect positive outcomes in a fast-paced administrative environment.

In my current role at [Current Employer], I have successfully managed a team of administrative professionals and implemented a new document management system that resulted in a 30% increase in operational efficiency. My approach combines a keen eye for detail with a commitment to maintaining streamlined processes, ensuring that office operations support business objectives effectively.

I am particularly drawn to the opportunity at [Company Name] because of your commitment to [something you admire about the company or its culture]. I am confident that my proactive approach and my ability to foresee and address challenges will allow me to contribute effectively to your team and help achieve [Company Name]’s goals.

I am looking forward to the possibility of discussing how my extensive experience and proven track record of successful office administration can benefit your company. Enclosed is my resume, which provides further detail about my qualifications. Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to speak with you soon to explore this exciting opportunity.

Best regards,

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the key elements to include in a cover letter for an office administrator role.

Your cover letter should clearly demonstrate your organizational skills, attention to detail, and communication prowess. Mention your proficiency in office software, experience in scheduling, or any relevant project management experience.

What should I emphasize in an application letter for an administrative officer with experience?

Highlight your past achievements, showing how you’ve successfully managed office procedures or improved administrative tasks. Use metrics and clear examples, like reducing supply costs by a certain percentage or handling a number of projects simultaneously.

How do I write a compelling personal statement in my office administrator cover letter?

Share a brief story or example that illustrates your dedication, resourcefulness, or ability to thrive under pressure. Connect your personal qualities to the needs of the potential employer to demonstrate how they align.

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How to Write a Cover Letter for an Internship? (+5 Real Internship Cover Letter Examples)

  • Julia Mlcuchova , 
  • Updated March 20, 2024 8 min read

Trying to figure out how to write a cover letter for an internship ? Look no further!

POV: After weeks and weeks of searching for the right internship opportunity, you've finally found it. But, at the end of the posting, there's a single short sentence that takes you aback:  “Please, attach a cover letter to your application .”

Although some consider cover letter writing to be a relic of the past, it still holds its rightful place in the professional world. 

Because a well-written and persuasive cover letter can sometimes make up for the lack of work experience on your resume . And if you're trying to apply for an internship , this is probably your case, too. 

So, continue reading this article and learn: 

  • What is a cover letter for an internship;
  • Whether you need to attach a cover letter to your internship application;
  • How to write one in 7 steps;
  • 5 real-life internship cover letter examples .

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What is a cover letter for an internship?

Do you need a cover letter for an internship, how to write a cover letter for an internship in 7 steps, 5 real-life internship cover letter examples, key takeaways: how to write a cover letter for an internship.

Generally speaking, an internship cover letter is a formal document that accompanies your resume when applying for an internship. 

When it comes to its content, a cover letter for an internship falls somewhere between a traditional cover letter and a motivational letter . 

  • A traditional cover letter , used by job applicants with years of experience, is supposed to underline some of the candidate's most relevant and impressive skills, qualifications, and work achievements . 
  • A motivational letter , used mostly in academia, aims to communicate one's passion for the subject, their motivation, and personal goals . 

Hence, a cover letter for an internship combines the purpose of the traditional cover letter (convincing the recruiters that you're the right person for the job) with the tone and strategy of the motivational letter (writing about personal motivations and goals).

A truly successful internship cover letter should answer the following questions:

  • Who are you? 
  • Why are you interested in this particular internship?
  • Why are you the best fit for this internship?
  • What do you want to gain from this internship?


In fact, you should always attach a cover letter to your internship application , even if it isn't explicitly required from you.  

Why, you ask? 

Well, consider this: Internships are crucial stepping stones towards your dream career. And they're also incredibly competitive. A single internship opening can be answered by tens of applicants at a time. 

But how can you stand out from a crowd of equally inexperienced candidates? Certainly not by your non-existent professional accomplishments, right? 

When companies look for interns, they don't expect you to have a ton of real-life experience. They aren't looking for a “finished product,” but for someone with a genuine desire to learn and enthusiasm for the job. 

And these two are your weapons of choice!

How can a cover letter for an internship help you?

Apart from the reasons mentioned above, your internship cover letter is also responsible for: 

  • Conveying first impression. Usually, recruiters will read your cover letter before looking at your resume. So, it's the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to them in a memorable way. 
  • Showing your efforts. Next, taking the time to craft a thoughtful cover letter shows that you're willing to put in that extra effort to stand out from the rest of the candidates. 
  • Highlighting your communication skills. Also, a well-written cover letter demonstrates your ability to articulate your thoughts clearly and professionally. 
  • Showing your professionalism. When you walk into a room, it's polite to introduce yourself and shake everybody's hand. This is exactly what a cover letter does! To attach one to your application is a common courtesy.

Now that you're familiar with the whats and whys , let's have a look at how to write a good cover letter for an internship step-by-step. 

For example : Application for [name of the internship] internship – Surname.

Then, place your contact information (your name; professional email address; phone number; link to your website / portfolio / social media accounts if relevant) directly into the header .

If you know the recipient's name, address them by “ Dear [full name] ,” or “ Dear Mrs/Mr [last name] ,”. If you don't know who to address the cover letter to , address it more generally to “Dear Hiring Manager,” .

In the first paragraph of your cover letter , start by stating your name and where you studied (including your current degree and year of study). Proceed by explaining how you came to know about the internship and what are your motivations for applying to it.

Since you don't have much work experience, you can talk about your academic achievements; relevant coursework; dissertation project; extracurricular activities; volunteering; membership in relevant societies, etc.

The closing paragraph of your cover letter should reiterate your desire to get the specific internship, express gratitude to the recipient for their time and consideration, and include a final call for action (i.e. "I look forward to discussing the next steps during an interview." )

Finally, based on how you greeted the recipient of your cover letter, you can sign off with either “ Yours sincerely ,” or “ Yours faithfully ,” . If you addressed the recruiter by their name, sign off with the former; if not, use the latter.

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Undoubtedly, the best way to learn something is to look at specific examples . And that's exactly what we're going to do right now! 

Below, we've prepared 5 internship cover letters written by real people with the help of our cover letter templates .

And, each of them is accompanied by our internship cover letter writing tips that you can implement into your own cover letter! 

FYI, you can use each of these examples as the first draft for your very own internship cover letter – simply click on the red button and start personalising the text (or let AI handle it).

#1 Philips Marketing Intern Cover Letter Sample

Internship cover letter example:.

This cover letter sample was provided by a real person who got hired with Kickresume’s help.

What can you take away?

  • Eye-catching header.  Firstly, the header is visually clearly separated from the rest of the text. This makes the recruiters notice it immediately. Plus, the contact information of the company is also featured in the left-hand corner - just like it would be on an actual letter.
  • Research the company before applying. Notice sentences like: “ I really like and relate to what Philips stands for … ” and “ Furthermore, it is very appealing that Philips operates on an international level… ”.This shows that the candidate’s done a thorough research of the company's philosophy and structure.

#2 Warner Bros. Public Relations Intern Cover Letter Example

  • Share a personal story. This can help you establish a sentimental connection between you and the company. Show them that for you, working for their company means more than any old internship.
  • Name-drop a referral. Now, this is a little bit of a cheat code. But, if you happen to know about anyone who has worked/currently works for the company, slip their name into your cover letter.

#3 University of Massachusetts Boston Intern Cover Letter Example

What can you take away  .

  • Write about what you want to gain from the internship. It shows that you're not there just to have something to put on your resume; but that you’re motivated by the idea of gaining actual industry knowledge and skills.

#4 Audit/Tax Summer Internship at CohnReznick Cover Letter Sample

  • Mention any relevant academic activities. If you're wondering how to write a cover letter for an internship with no experience whatsoever, this is your way to go! For example, notice how this candidate noted all of his relevant courses, skills, association membership, and competition participation.
  • Focus on transferrable skills. Especially when your study programme doesn't necessarily fit the internship opening to a T. Instead, focus on any transferable skills you've picked up. 

#5 Intern at NBC Cover Letter Sample

  • Keep your opening and closing paragraphs short and sweet. As you can see in this example, it helps keep a certain visual harmony of the overall document. And, despite the length, both paragraphs do exactly what they're supposed to. Besides, recruiters might be discouraged to read the rest of your cover letter if your introductory paragraph is too long.

To sum it all up, an internship cover letter is a formal document that you submit together with your resume when applying for an internship. Its content should be something between a traditional cover letter and a motivational letter.

Its purpose is to introduce yourself to the recruiters in a more personal way than the resume allows. 

The main things you want your internship cover letter to communicate are:

  • who you are,
  • why you're interested in this opportunity,
  • what make you the best fit for the internship, 
  • your motivation (your long-term professional goals),
  • your desire to learn (what you want to gain from the experience).

To write a truly impactful and persuasive cover letter, we recommend following these 7 key steps: 

  • Specify which internship you're applying for in the subject line.
  • Include your contact information in a header.
  • Address the recipient appropriately.
  • Introduce yourself & your motivations in the opening paragraph.
  • Elaborate on why you're a good fit and what motivated you in body.
  • End your cover letter with a confident closing paragraph.
  • Finish off with a polite sign off. 

Finally, if you feel that the examples provided in this article aren't enough, you can always find more in our cover letter database . 

Julia has recently joined Kickresume as a career writer. From helping people with their English to get admitted to the uni of their dreams to advising them on how to succeed in the job market. It would seem that her career is on a steadfast trajectory. Julia holds a degree in Anglophone studies from Metropolitan University in Prague, where she also resides. Apart from creative writing and languages, she takes a keen interest in literature and theatre.

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Do you want to demonstrate to your prospective employers that you are highly interested in their organization? Then, the best thing you can do is to learn how to write a cover letter! While every job applicant will send a resume, only those genuinely excited about the positions will take the time to write a cover letter.

Approximately 77% of recruiters prefer to hire candidates who submit cover letters, even when it is mentioned as optional. As an HR executive in a reputable company, I consider cover letters to be valuable sources for assessing candidates.

When I was searching for a job in my early days, I enrolled in  KnowledgeHut online training courses to boost my skills and knowledge. Then, I considered cover letters redundant additions to a grueling job hunt. I have already shown my skills and experience gained with my certification. Do I need to reiterate them? Surprisingly, the answer is a BIG YES!

A cover letter is a competitive advantage for your job application, as it explains career gaps, provides prospective ideas, and establishes a connection with the recruiters. Now, are you wondering how to write a cover letter? In this guide, I will walk you through the approach of writing a cover letter that will get you noticed more by employers, inching your way closer to your dream job.

What is a Cover Letter?

Are you seeking a job in this competitive era? The job application process can be long and exhilarating. You find yourself repeatedly attaching your resume and copying the information it contains into the form on the website. Nevertheless, you cannot skip the part of adding a cover letter to your applications.

Now, what exactly is a cover letter? A cover letter is a one-page document that serves as an introduction of yourself to the recruiter. The document comprises a summary of your achievements, qualifications, skills, and personal qualities. It gives you the chance to stay top of mind with the recruiters and prioritize your candidacy for the role.

If you learn how to write a cover letter to accompany your resume, you can demonstrate your passion for the position to the employer, which will help you stand out from the candidates whose applications didn’t have one.

While learning how to write a cover letter,   I wondered to myself – Does my recruiter even read these pieces? Yes!

A recent study from ResumeLab shows that 64% of job vacancies require sample cover letters for job applications. The bottom line is that a cover letter is a valuable tool for your job search collateral. Learn to nail your cover letter, and you could get hired for your dream role.

Why is a Cover Letter Important?

Are cover letters necessary? I hear this question a lot during workshops and on social media platforms. There is much debate on whether cover letters are still relevant. Before you learn how to write a cover letter , let me tell you the fact—cover letters are as important as your resume/CV. Why? Fishbowl by Glassdoor finds that 42% of participants might consider a cover letter a necessary toolkit in a job application.

Here, I have revealed the importance of a cover letter and some benefits .

Impress Employers

Learning how to write a cover letter is the primary benefit. It will allow you to make a fine first impression on employees. A well-crafted cover letter will demonstrate your role-specific strengths and spark recruiters' interest in reading your resume.

Provides Context to your CV

Including a cover letter with your job application adds context to your CV and will help you address employment gaps in your career. Whether you took time to further your education or due to personal responsibilities, a cover letter is the perfect space to mention the reason.

Showcases your Personality

Your CV/resume is a document filled with facts. However, when you learn how to write a cover letter, you can bring your personality and skills to life. You can use the space to demonstrate your positive personal qualities, such as leadership and self-motivation, and other traits that might add value to the organization.

Build a Strong Relationship with the Employer

A compelling cover letter is a powerful tool for building strong relationships with employers. It allows you to demonstrate how your career goals align with the organization's interests. The employer will appreciate your unique blend of experience, skills, and personality, giving a glimpse into how you will make the position and company a better place.

How To Write a Cover Letter

You sit down to write a cover letter, open a document, browse good cover letter examples, and finally search on Google – how to write a cover letter, which possibly brings you here. When I was an active job seeker, I used to break into a cold sweat whenever I sat down and pondered how to write a cover letter.   To ensure your letter is in its best format, I've got easy-to-follow steps plus examples below. Let’s dive in!

Step 1 – Extensive Research

Before you begin with how to write a cover letter,   thoroughly read the job description, the requirements of the job, and about the organization. According to a survey, 49%  of HR managers consider your cover letter to be one of the best ways to draw attention to your CV. I always advise aspirants to check out the job description and consider the following while writing their cover letter:

  • What are the priorities of the company?
  • What are the goals for the role?
  • What accomplishments from your previous roles match the objectives of the current role?
  • What are the company's key phrases?

This will help you customize your cover letter, provide a better narrative to impress the hiring manager and demonstrate that you are a better fit for the role.

Step 2 – Clear Header

In the cover letter, you need to include a clear header with information about yourself. The details should include

  • Your first and last name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Name of the hiring manager, tile, city, and state of the company you're applying for.

In addition, you can also add professional social media accounts like LinkedIn or a link to your portfolio of professional websites.

Step 3 – Address with Proper Salutation or Greetings

While writing your cover letter, make sure to address a real person by their name. It will make the letter personal and show the recruiters that you took time and effort in your research. You can simply make a greeting with ‘Hello (name)’. In certain cases, if you cannot find their name, you can use the following:

  • Dear Hiring Manager,

Step 4 – Engaging Introduction

Now, it's time to write an intro paragraph that should captivate the attention of your reader. In this stanza, you will state who you are, what role you are applying for, and why you have chosen the company.

You can lead this pace by mentioning an impressive accomplishment or featuring a belief statement that matches the values and goals of the employer. In other terms, you can show your passion and enthusiasm to market yourself as a driven candidate.

Step 5 – Explain your Skill Set

Take advantage of this section and prove to the prospective employer how your background and experience make you the best fit for the role. This section is extremely important if you are switching careers. Highlight your relevant achievements in your cover letter and explain how you can help the company address challenges and accomplish goals.

Step 6 – Closing Paragraph

The conclusion section of your cover letter is a call to action for employers. Rather than making an uninspiring finish, paint a picture of what it will be like to work with you. In the middle section, you have already laid out persuasive arguments and undeniable, impressive facts. Use the conclusion section as your final opportunity to describe some of your characteristics.

Step 7 – Closing Salutation

Don’t forget to close the letter using a formal signature. You can use terms like "Sincerely," "Regards," or "Best" for a professional sign-off. You can use your first and last name as your signature.

Step 8 – Proofreading

Proofreading your letter is as important as learning how to write a cover letter.   Make sure it's error-free before you send it to the prospective employer. If possible, ask peers to review it for you, which will help you catch any tangled issues.

Step 9 – ATS Optimization

Nowadays, most recruiters use ATS (Application Tracking System) to screen applications and shortlist suitable candidates. Through the ATS database, your hiring manager will search for specific skills or keywords. Hence, make sure to optimize your cover letter to match the search criteria and secure a position in the list of top candidates. To optimize your cover letter, you should:

  • Carefully read the job description.
  • Take note of relevant skills and keywords.
  • Incorporate the keywords into the cover letter.

Examples of Cover Letter

Whether you want a sample for a cover letter with no experience or for a skilled professional, you can find countless templates in the digital space. These will help you to learn how to highly hone your skills and express your passion for the job. To help you out, I have compiled some good examples of cover letters for your reference.

Sample 1: Sample Cover letter

Sample 2: Cover letter for Graduates

Sample 3: Cover letter with no experience

Sample 4: Cover letter explaining the gap in your CV

Sample 5: Cover letter for career transition

Sample 6: Cover letter for internships

Pro Tips for Writing a Cover Letter

I have read thousands of cover letters in my career. If you think that sounds like a boring one, you are right. What I can tell you is most aspirants are terrible in their cover letters, which squandered their opportunities. A cover letter should be written in the right way to increase your chances of getting an interview.

So, let me give you some pro tips on how to write a cover letter in the right way!

  • Keep it brief – Your cover letter should not be more than one page and include only four paragraphs. Excess or little information will frustrate the employer, leaving a bad impression on your application.
  • Focus on format— Always use standard business letter format when writing cover letters. They should look professional. Don’t underline, italicize, or bold anything that is not consistent information.
  • Be confident— Avoid using phrases like ‘I believe’ or ‘I feel’. Instead, use phrases like ‘I am confident’ or ‘I am positive’ to show your confidence to the employer.
  • Count on customization- Your cover letter should be specific to the job requirements for which you are applying. If you are answering a job position, try to include the relevant keywords in your cover letter. Instead of using the general ‘to whom it may concern’, try to address the letter to the hiring authority.

So, you've found a job vacancy that fits your skills the best. You feel like you will excel in the role, and the company seems like a great platform for which to work. While you plan to customize your resume, don’t forget to learn how to write a cover letter!

A cover letter is your first, maybe your only chance to impress the employer. However, don't let that fact intimidate you. I always consider a cover letter as an opportunity to shine. It gives a glimpse of your success, personality, experience, and enthusiasm, which all play a pivotal part in helping you land the dream job.

When you learn how to write a cover letter,   be honest, genuine, and professional.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes, you need to learn how to write a resume cover letter. Experts say cover letters play a vital role in hiring decisions. Most employers consider cover letters an important part of any aspirant’s toolkit. A cover letter is a robust medium where you convey your skills, commitment, and enthusiasm to the recruiter. It will make you stand out from applicants with the same background and experience.

Learning how to create a cover letter is primary. The purpose is to convince the employer that you are a great candidate, encouraging them to read your resume and interview you. The cover letter complements your resume/CV by making it easy for employers to see how your interests and experience suit the position. It offers the prospective employer a glimpse of your passion and skills.

Once you learn how to write a good cover letter, you might ponder its perfect length. Generally, a cover letter should be between half a page and a full page long. Make sure to aim for 250-400 words, encompassing three to six paragraphs. For instance, if you are an entry-level candidate, aiming for 200 words for a cover letter can be ideal. It allows the candidates to provide a concise explanation of their experience, skills, and what they can offer to the organization.


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